With economic uncertainty looming and massive state revenue shortfalls, the California Policy Forum will turn its attention to the importance of tax-based safety net programs in supporting so many California families. While philanthropy and nonprofits tend to focus on health and human services, we can end up neglecting the powerful tax policies that affect poverty profoundly.
Join us as we explore the benefits of critical policies like the Young Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and other tax policies that have had incredibly positive results – but are today at risk. Without them, millions of people could return to poverty, food insecurity, and other economically disadvantaged positions.
What role can the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors have in advocating for a more permanent set of tax and other financial policies that will allow for an equitable and economically stable future for Californians?
Amy Everitt serves as the President of Golden State Opportunity, a leading, California-based anti-poverty organization.
Prior to joining GSO, Amy spent nearly seventeen years working to ensure that everyone could have a family if, when, and with whom they wanted as the Vice-President of Special Projects at NARAL Pro-Choice America and as the State Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California. Amy launched NARAL's first, innovative, multi-level corporate engagement initiative to educate, engage, and mobilize the corporate sector to support reproductive freedom. Amy led, with other stakeholders, the unprecedented and historic Don't Ban Equality declaration that secured more than 360 CEO signatures in support of the business case for reproductive freedom. Under her leadership, California successfully regulated anti-choice fake women's health centers to hold them accountable for their false advertising.
Amy has worked on campaigns throughout California including Kamala Harris for San Francisco District Attorney, Kathleen Brown for Governor, San Francisco Supervisor Willie B. Kennedy, and numerous state assembly and senate races. While at the Democratic National Committee, she focused on redistricting, establishing the first Rural Caucus and electing Mark Warner Governor of Virginia, Jim McGreevy Governor of New Jersey, Kathleen Sebelius Governor of Virginia, Dave Freudenthal Governor of Wyoming and re-electing the North Dakota federal delegation in 2002.
Outside of politics, she lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for three years, serving as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce of HCMC and as a freelance journalist for the Vietnam Business Journal and the Vietnam Investment Review. Amy was also the Country Manager at the U.S. Trade & Development Agency for Southeast Asia, bridging business opportunities for American companies with infrastructure needs in developing countries.
Amy currently sits on the Board of the Center for Civic Engagement and is active with the Silicon Valley DemFems. Previously, she served as the Board Chair for Emerge California, Board Chair for the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council, and on the Steering Committee for the Civil Rights Coalition of California.
She is a 5th generation Californian with deep roots in San Francisco and Newman, CA who attended UC Santa Cruz (BA, Politics) and UC San Diego, School of Global Policy & Strategy (MPIA). She currently lives in Burlingame with her three kids and, more often than not, with her nephew-dog, Eddy.
Policy Advocate, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Christopher Sanchez is on Western Center’s public benefits and access to justice team, focusing on CalFresh and other nutrition issues, including federal advocacy. He also works on consumer issues and government policies that lead to debt and poverty. Christopher previously worked for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), and prior to that, for Assembly members Sharon Quirk-Silva and Patty Lopez.
Vice President of Policy and External Affairs, California Calls
Veronica Carrizales is the Vice President of Policy and External Affairs at California Calls. Veronica spearheads policy analysis and coalition-building for California Calls, and led the 2020 coalition, Schools and Communities First, to significantly increase funding for public schools, community colleges and local services by reforming Prop 13’s commercial property system. She leads expansion into new regions of the state, shapes policy analysis, and maintains partnerships with key statewide allies. Prior to joining California Calls, she worked as a labor specialist with the UC Berkeley Labor Center. She created and facilitated a number of the Center’s visionary programs including the Latino Leadership Training School, held in the Central Valley, and the California Lead Organizers Institute. In addition, her training skills were enhanced as program director with ENLACE (U.S. – Mexico), where she led capacity-building training and a workers’ rights program for Mexican maquiladora workers and U.S. worker centers.